March 12, 2012

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Coats has three hits to lead TCU past Texas Tech

Nebraska downs Cal, Stetson edges Harvard, NDSU tops Bucknell


In Fort Worth, Texas, Jason Coats went 3 for 5 with a triple, two runs and two RBI as TCU topped Texas Tech 7-4 Monday for its fifth straight victory. Scott LeJeune had a two-run single in a three-run third as the Red Raiders (10-5) took the early lead. The Horned Frogs (7-6) answered with a pair in the third before a five-run explosion in the fifth made it 7-3. Josh Elander went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for TCU. Preston Morrison (3-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Kaleb Merck fanned two in a hitless ninth for his fourth save. Bo Altobelli had three hits for Texas Tech.


Nebraska 9, California 5

In Lincoln, Neb., Pat Kelly and Josh Scheffert both went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBI as Nebraska split its four-game series with California. Scheffert had a three-run homer to cap an eight-run fifth for the Cornhuskers (10-6). Tyler Niederklein (2-1, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Tony Renda (3 for 5, HR) and Danny Oh (2 for 3) both drove in two for the Golden Bears (11-4).


Stetson 9, Harvard 7

In DeLand, Fla., Ben Carhart had a two-run double to highlight a five-run second as Stetson defeated Harvard. Robert Bruce had two hits, including a double, and two runs for the Hatters (13-3). Tucker Donahue (1-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) got the win in relief, while Robbie Powell worked around two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Jack Colton had three hits and two runs, while Carlton Bailey homered and drove in three for the Crimson (1-6).


North Dakota State 16, Bucknell 8

In Winter Haven, Fla., Zach Wentz had a two-run homer to put North Dakota State ahead for good in a nine-run third in defeating Bucknell in a battle of Bison. Wes Satzinger (2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R) homered and drove in four, while Michael Leach went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for NDSU (9-5). The Colwell brothers, Tim (3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Nick (2 for 4, 2 BB, 4 R, 2 RBI), also had big games at the plate for NDSU. Trevor Jaunich (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned the victory in relief. David Duffett had three hits and two RBI, while Travis Clark went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs for Bucknell.


Prairie View A&M 6-11, Texas Southern 4-1

In Prairie View, Texas, Brad Benes went 3 for 4 with two runs in the nightcap as Prairie View A&M swept a SWAC doubleheader from Texas Southern. The Panthers (2-0, 7-7) scored in six of eight innings in Game 2 in run-ruling the Tigers (0-5, 9-7). Dominiq Harris (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R) and Andre Oliver (2 for 4) both drove in two for Prairie View. Derrick Mitchell (3-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Louis Hubbard went 1 for 3 with one RBI for TSU. In the opener, Stef Hernandez had two hits and two RBI to lead the Panthers. Cameron Logan went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs for the Tigers.


BYU 19, Nebraska-Omaha 9

In Omaha, Neb., BYU scored multiple runs in four of the first six innings in outscoring Nebraska-Omaha. The Cougars (6-6) tallied five in the first, three in the third, six in the fifth and three in the sixth in building a 17-6 lead. Brock Whitney (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI), Kelton Caldwell (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI), Tanner Chauncey (2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Adam Law (2 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI) all had big days at the plate for BYU. Alex Mortensen (2 for 3, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Cory Buckley (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered for the Mavericks (3-13).


Iowa 2, Eastern Illinois 1

In Auburndale, Fla., Iowa scored twice in the top of the ninth to rally past Eastern Illinois. Jacob Reese (2 for 4) drove in Nick Priessman (2 for 4) with a two-out base hit in the fourth for the Panthers (5-9). Ryan Rumpf drove in the tying run for the Hawkeyes (4-8) in the ninth and Dan Sheppard’s sacrifice fly gave Iowa a 2-1 advantage. Nick Brown fanned two in the bottom of the ninth for his first save, securing the win for starter Sasha Kuebel (1-0, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 7 K).


Winthrop 8, Valparaiso 6

In Rock Hill, S.C., Winthrop took control early with a five-run second and held on to defeat Valparaiso. Justin Hopper went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI, while Matt Lobacz added two hits and two RBI for the Eagles (3-14). Michael Gilroy (1-2, 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 K) earned the win, while Preston Johnson (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K) notched his first save. Tanner Vavra went 2 for 5 with a double and a home run for the Crusaders (4-11).


San Jose State 6, Columbia 1

In San Jose, Calif., Kyle Hassna allowed one earned run in seven innings in his first career start as San Jose State downed Columbia for its fifth straight win. Hassna (1-0) gave up two hits and three walks while fanning four. Mike Aldrete pitched two hitless innings with one strikeout to secure the win. Jacob Valdez went 3 for 4 with three RBI for the Spartans (9-8). Alex Black had both hits and drove in the lone run for the Lions (2-7).


USF 2, Yale 1

In Tampa, Fla., Matt Reed and Austin Adams combined on the five-hitter as USF nipped Yale. Reed (2-1) allowed five hits and one run in 6.2 innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Adams worked 2.1 hitless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to register his second save. The Bulls (11-6) scored both their runs in the fourth. James Ramsay had two hits and one run for USF. Cam Squires went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the Bulldogs (2-7-1).


Bradley 7, Fairfield 6

In Winter Haven, Fla., Rob Elliott went 4 for 4 with two steals and three runs as Bradley edged Fairfield. Greg Partyka had two hits, including a double, and three RBI for the Braves (7-5-1). Danny Gifford (2-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Anthony Hajjar had a three-run double in a four-run third for the Stags (5-8).


Mars Hill 5, Gardner-Webb 3

In Boiling Springs, N.C., Tim Crawford pitched a four-hitter as Mars Hill downed Gardner-Webb. Crawford (1-4) allowed three earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts. Coty Pate went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Lions (9-17). Benji Jackson went 2 for 2 with a double, one run and one RBI, while Brad Collins went 2 for 2 with two runs for the Bulldogs (9-7).